First Serve

Two accomplished New York rappers in their forties portray two newbie New York rappers in their twenties – that's the simplest way to explain this typically complex album from two members of De La Soul. Their tale starts in the late Nineties as the pair hang in a basement and dream of rap careers, while one guy's mom heckles them. A live band revives the exuberant feel of Seventies funk – scratchy guitars and surging bass – as the story grows and sours: The fictional MCs get signed, have a hit, bicker and break up –it’s Behind the Music, but funnier.

Listen To De La Soul's Plug 1 and Plug 2's  "We Made It":

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